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Riots following Iranian election results in Tehran
Iran's opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi (R) waves among his supporters while they gather to mourn Neda Agha-Soltan, the young woman killed in post-election violence who has become a symbol for the opposition to Tehran's hardline leaders and other victims of recent clashes, at Behesht-e-Zahra cemetery just outside of Tehran, Iran on July 30, 2009. Hundreds of supporters of Iran's opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi gathered in central Tehran to commemorate those killed in the unrest that erupted after the June presidential election on Thursday. (UPI Photo/STR)
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Mehdi Karroubi (Persian: مهدی کروبی, Mehdī Karrūbĩ; born 26 September 1937 in Aligoudarz, Lorestan) is an influential Iranian reformist politician, democracy activist, mojtahed, and chairman of the National Trust Party. He was Chairman of the parliament from 1989 to 1992 and 2000 to 2004, and a presidential candidate in the 2005 and 2009 presidential elections.

He is a founding member and former chairman of the Association of Combatant Clerics party. Karroubi is a critic of the Guardian Council and Iran's Judicial System and calls himself a follower of Iran's ex-leader Ruhollah Khomeini. By appointment of the Supreme Leader, he was a member of the Expediency Discernment Council and an adviser, posts he held until resigning from all his posts on June 19, 2005 after the first round of the 2005 presidential election.

He has been described as a "moderate" with a "mostly rural" base of support. Karroubi considers himself a pragmatic reformist and now is one of the leaders of the opposition movement in Iran.

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